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Entergy Mississippi awards Excellerator grants


Eight communities win matching grants to further economic development goals

JACKSON, Miss. – Economic development groups in eight Mississippi counties will boost their marketing and strategic-planning power with 50/50 matching grants from Entergy Mississippi’s Excellerator Competitive Communities program.

The grant program, now in its sixth year, helps county economic development organizations enhance their appeal to companies looking to expand or locate new facilities. This year, Entergy Mississippi has awarded $56,500 in grants, bringing the six-year total to more than $479,000.

“Supporting economic development through targeted Excellerator grants is one way we’re investing in our communities and in the future,” said Ed Gardner, Entergy Mississippi director of business and economic development. “Having quality industrial sites and facilities is just one piece of the puzzle. These groups also must keep up with the latest trends in marketing design, technology and communication to gain and maintain a competitive edge. That’s exactly what our Excellerator program is designed to help them do.”

Entergy Mississippi’s latest grants support marketing and strategic-planning activities in areas such as website development, promotional videos and publications, and detailed action plans with short- and long-term goals and objectives. Other grant categories include industrial building enhancements and site readiness. This year’s grant recipients are:


  • Adams County
  • Bolivar County
  • Claiborne County
  • Grenada County – Grenada Lake
  • Jefferson Davis County
  • Madison County MegaSite
  • Rankin County

Strategic planning:

  • Washington County Economic Alliance

“Counties that participate in our grant program understand that innovation and a forward-thinking mindset are key drivers of success,” Gardner said. “Our Excellerator grants are funding some outstanding projects that will help elevate our communities’ economic development efforts and position them for greater success in the future. All of these groups do great work, and we look forward to seeing the benefits that result from their marketing and strategic-planning projects.”

About Entergy Mississippi

Entergy Mississippi, LLC provides electricity to approximately 461,000 customers in 45 counties. Entergy Mississippi is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged in electric power production, transmission and retail distribution operations. Entergy delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,500 employees.